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Cite this: eDIL s.v. díanechtair or


(prep. de + an + echtair) adv. of place from the outside, from without, outside: ardmius for in slúag d.¤ judging the host from the outside, LL 221a21 ( TTr. 291 ). flaith congbāla co slūagaib d.¤ , ZCP xi 86 § 45 . tuilled noibscreptra d.¤ to add to holy Scripture from without, Hib. Min. 409 . Opposed to i mmedón within: ni d.¤ acht isin tsaltair immedon, 149 . fo cosmailis nacha catrach tonimcella oen mur d.¤ ┐ iltegdaisi i medon indde, 220 . As prep. with gen.: d.¤ in tshlóig sin outside that host, Alex. 472 . dianechtar chatha outside the battalion, 243 .


Cite this: eDIL s.v. do-immchella or


Forms: to-n-imchéla, dodomchela, du-n-immerchell, dorimchell, do-s-rimchell, duimcheltar, timchell, timchellad, timchellaid, timchillid, timchellaigid

v (* to-imb-cell-, Pedersen Vgl. Gr. ii 483 ). Indic. pres. 3 s. to-n-imchéla, Thes. ii 33 . dodomchela (= do-d-imchela), LU 10051 . Perf. 3 s. du-n-immerchell, Ml. 108a12 . dorimchell, BDD § 154 . do-s-rimchell, TBC-I¹ 1997 , TBC-LL¹ 2652 . Pass. pres. s. duimcheltar, Ml. 108a14 . Vn. timchell, timchellad. Later as simple vb. timchellaid, timchillid, timchellaigid. IGT Verbs §§ 52 , 65 , 84 .

(a) goes round, makes a circuit of: gl. ambire, Ml. 108a14 ; BCr. 36c1 . cech mbliadain dosstimchellae (of the sun), SR 180 . annamh tír dar thimchil grian, 3 C 13, 788.14 . na renda thimceallat in doman, Ériu ii 126 . nochar thimcilsit renna | cenn amar cenn Ailella, Celt. Rev. iv 24 . timchellad (leg. timchellat) a tech imme cúaird ón dorus dialailiu they march round the house, TBFr. 83 . doimchellaind mo dúrais `I went the round of my abode', Imr. Brain ii 290 ( LU 1312 ). rothimchill fo thrí in topur, Metr. Dinds. ii 30 . timchillsead Erind fo thri sailed round, BB 39a23 . dosrimcheallsat Erinn, Leb. Gab.(i) i 250 . dobērthar duid . . . ina timcellfa do charbat co haidchi as much (land) as thy chariot shall go round, BB 192a29 . rotimchell cath na columan fo thrí, Fianaig. 94 . do thimchill E. an cath fa naoi, ML 134 . Macne Conchobuir . . . ní rothimchell cath ná crech | nónbur ardosaraigfed, ZCP viii 217 . Cf. TBC-I¹ 1997 , TBC-LL¹ 2652 . luidh dochum na heglaisi ┐ do thimcoll martra, Ériu v 120 . timchelat (leg. timchellad) reilicc, Ériu ii 228 . toimchiullu (leg. -a) hEreo hule co fuair ind ingin traverses , RC iii 345 . is e timchellas hErind ind-ōenlō, TBC-I¹ 1110 . doimchellind hEirind, Imr. Brain ii 288 . do thimchil aoin-bhean Éirinn, Keat. iii 4134 (poem). rotimchellus in tír I scoured the country, PH 1570 . timchillit . . . oirer Bóinne, O'Gr. Cat. 502 . gur thimchill sé na seacht dtuatha so Ḟearmanach, Maguires of F. § 54 . dorimchell rigusciu hErend, BDD § 154 . dlighidh a saerbiathadh . . . secib dú timcella every place he visits in his circuit, Laws iv 344 Comm. In loose sense: in tí timcellus int arathair . . . no ní d'a timcelltar in arathair, in brot the person that goes round (keeps about) the plough or the thing which is made to go round it, the goad, v 488 Comm. timchelsat teora cúarda cech ḟir díb ir-ríge `they went round three circuits each man of them' (i.e. each took three turns), RC xvi 280 . Intrans.: ǽrat tonimchéla luna inna óenmís as far as Luna goes round, Thes. ii 33 . doimchealla[t] creasa immon nem, Ériu ii 110 . quodcunque mare nad timchella imac(h)uairt ut Mare Terrenum which does not circulate (?), Corm. Y 753 . rothimchill dáil teallaigh aca rations went round, ITS v 12 .

(b) surrounds, encompasses: gl. amictari, Ml. 90d5 . Mons Sión .i. duimchella son in cathraig andes ┐ aniar ┐ antuaid, 67d8 . fo cosmailis nacha catrach tonimcella oen-mūr, Hib. Min. 220 . na trí mūir . . . timchellait in primcathraig, SR 422 . in chathir . . . dosrimchelsat secht múir, 5059 . égusc na cóic righthighi timchilles na secht neime, RC xxiv 372 . an tan dotnimcellat (leg. dodn-) drechta gialna when . . . surround him, Laws iv 336 Comm. do thimchealladar iomad do mhadadhaibh mé (= circumdederunt), TSh. 3880 . do baei . . . gur thimchealaigh, IGT Verbs ex. 830 . an ḟcoil thimchiollus an cnaim, 23 K 42, 103.16 . In med. tracts freq. = anoints, poultices: timcillter a[n] nescóid le casia ┐ le huisci, 23 P 10, 54 . timcillter an goin lé cre Armenia, 67.42 . timtillter an tsuil le licium , 89.7 . Surrounds (one thing with another), with pers. subj.: timchillid in Coimdiu in cuthi o níul, PH 1222 . gur bé Dia . . . do thimchill mé le n-a líon, Job xix 6 . do thimchioll sé na huisceadha lé teorannuibh, Psalms xxvi 10 . timcheallfaid th'eascaraid 'na mainnir thú (= circumdabunt te vallo), TSh. 1064 . In sense limits, sets bounds to: tarla buille do trosttán Senáin don Chlárach, gur thimchill a shaoghal cut short his life, ZCP x 12 .

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Cite this: eDIL s.v. 1 in or
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Forms: int, -nt, -(s)int, int, na, inna, inna, in, -n, ind, in, ind, int, ind, int, int, ind, s-, -ss-, ocin(d), immin, immun, indá, dundaib, -b, -b, inna, na, na, in, in, na, ind, in, int, inna, na, a n-, a, a, -(s)naib, -(s)na, -d, na, inna, in, ind, an, an t-, in, int, ind, ind, a n-, in, mbúaid, a, in, ind, in, in, na, inna, inda, ind, indá, inna, na, inna, na, na, inna, na, ina, inna, na, in, -n, in, in, in, in, in, in, in, isin, isin, ind, na, in, in, na, na, na, in, in, na, na, na, an, na, ind

def. art. the. See GOI § 467 ff . Zeuss pp. 210 - 217 . Paradigm in O.Ir. Masc. Fem. Neut. Sing. N. in, int ind', in', int a n- A. in n-, -(s)in n- in n-, -(s)in n- a n-, -(s)a n- G. ind', in', int inna, na ind', in', int D. in' -(s)ind', ind', -(s)ind', in', ind', int, -(s)in', -(s)int, -(s)in', -nd', -n' -(s)ind', -(s)in', -nd', -n', -nt -(s)int, -nd', -n', -nt Plur. N. ind', in', int inna, na inna, na A. inna, na, -(s)na G. inna n-, na n- for all genders D. -(s)naib

The forms int, -nt, -(s)int are used before ṡ, except int of n s. masc. which occurs before vowels.

The forms na, inna g s. fem., n p. fem. and neut., and a p. of all genders, geminate follg. consonants and prefix h to vowels (but this h is very rarely written in O.Ir. Cf., however, inna hirise, Sg. 209b24 ).

Before the dual the art. always has the form in, -n except ind da la, Thes. ii 33.21 (Bv.).

The dat. forms without preposition, in, ind, int, occur in the formation of advv., see II (a) below.

Irregularities are not uncommon, e.g. ind for int, int for ind, etc. See Strachan, ZCP iv 62 - 3 and Zeuss, loc. cit.

The original initial s- appears only in the dat. and acc. after prepositions which originally ended in a consonant, with which it unites to produce -ss-, e.g. cossin n-óin, Wb. 2a21 . isin anmim, 9c30 . The s- does not remain after OC though this does not lenite a follg. subst. TRE lenites a subst. but the s- of the art. remains, perhaps through analogy. After FOR, which did not originally lenite, occur forms both with and without -s-, those with -s- being the more usual: forsin dígail, Wb. 1d2 . fornaib gnímaib, 5a5 . After prepositions originally and in O.Ir. ending in vowels both the initial s- and the vowel of the article are lost: ón bunud, Sg. 33b2 . dind insci, Wb. 5c16 . dont lathur, ib. With OC occur ocin(d) (so always in Wb.) and ocon(d); with IMM, immin and immun.

In medial position -nd- had become -nn- by the O.Ir. period but in a few archaic examples, -nd- is written: indá érrend gl. stigmata, Wb. 20d5 (a prima manu). inda fodb gl. exuias, Thes. ii 47.24 (see Thurneysen, ZCP iii 53 ). dundaib abstolaib, Thes. ii 247.12 (Camb.). dendibh Airgiallaib, AU i 178.8 (A.D. 726) . After prepositions the -n- is single even between vowels: cosnaib, frisna, donaib.

Occasionally even in the O.Ir. glosses the first syllable of the dissyllabic form is dropped, and this becomes the rule later: na teora persana, Wb. 9c30 . na cétne tuisten, 21b4 . na cetnae rainne, Sg. 18b1 . For other exx. see below. In the follg. instances from Sg., in (acc.) seems to have dropped out after -r and before a numeral, leaving an eclipsing n. etar ṅdi rainn `between the two parts,' Sg. 2b2 . etar ṅdá n-ulla , 45b19 . far n-óeṅdeilb `according to the same paradigm,' 90b2 . for n-óin ṅdeilb, 201b6 .

The forms in -d (ind, -sind, -nd) remain only before vowels and before lenited f, r, l, n and, in Wb., sometimes also before lenited m and b.

In forms such as dinab fochidib, Wb. 11b4 , dinab gabalib, 13d33 , arnab uilib cumactib, 21a13 , the quality of the final -b of the article is assimilated to that of the following initial. d p. forms without the final -b developed from such examples as donaballaib, Wb. 12b2 , huana fochaidib, Ml. 54a18 , hona mainénaib, 69c5 , where the final of the article became assimilated to a following initial labial. These forms, however, are still infrequent in the O.Ir. period. Three times in the glosses the n p. fem. and neut. form occurs as masc.: inna leomain, Ml. 80a10 . na tri recte, Wb. 29a16 . na sothe, Sg. 64a14 (see GOI § 309 ).

The art. is regularly sg. before collectives and personal numerals.

When an ordinal numeral adj. follows the art., in the older texts the inflection is regular: na dechmaide bliadna, IT iii 54 § 99. inna treisi dūalchae, ZCP iii 25.35 (but see 2 tress). inna cōicthe dūalche, 26.26 ; but later it varied, the masc. form of the art. being somet. used before a fem. noun: n s f. in ochtmad taidbsi, PH 6716 ; but cf. in cethramad taidbsi, 6702 . is í so in t-ochtmad plāg, 7653 . g s f. na hochtmadi oesi, 3582 . i gcionn an treas bliadhna, Keat. iii 1919.

The chief changes occurring in the form of the article in Mid.Ir. are

(i) The n p. masc. forms ind, in, int gradually disappear and are replaced by the forms common to the fem. and neut., inna, na.

(ii) By 1000 A.D., a n- in the n s. and a s. neut. has virtually disappeared, the only certain examples in SR being: a lleth n-aill, SR 5152 , a mbé, 5974 (see Strachan, Phil. Soc. Trans. p. 7 ).

(iii) -(s)naib in the d p. gives way to -(s)na.

(iv) the -d forms are less common.

(v) the monosyllabic na tends to displace inna.

In Mod. Ir. in, ind > an, an t-.

I Forms (divided into (a) forms from O.Ir. glosses, (b) forms from other texts).




(a) in fer, Wb. 22c9 . in corp, Ml. 22d9 . in ball, Wb. 12b11 . in senduine, 27b8 . int athir, 4b13 .

(b) int othrus, Críth G. 47. in sluag, LU 4563. in t-ara, 4507 . in cing, 347 . in fer, PH 92. in t-espuc, 25 . in slog, 7237 . an samhradh, TSh. 6345. an t-adhaltrach, 6482 . an ciste, 2951 .


(a) ind leire, Wb. 13d15 . ind nóibe, 9c30 . ind rún, Ml. 45a3 . ind fáilte, Wb. 16b2 . in fírinne, 9c30 . ind almsan, 17a3 . in ben, 22c9 . ind bendacht, 19b15 . in tol, Ml. 18c9 . in chiall, Sg. 27a8 . int ṡillab, 25a1 . cf. ind sillab, 26a4 .

(b) ind ḟlaith, Críth G. 573. ind ingen, LU 4525. ind rígan, 5205 . ind lánamain, 5403 . in tslige, 5077 . inn orcuin, BDD² 493. ind aimser, PH 5032. in eclais, 86 . in tslanti, 275 . in rīghan, ML² 45. an aislinge, 69 . an chiall, TSh. 985.


(a) a n-accobor, Wb. 3d3 . a mbás, 15b28 . a teg n-oiged, 4a7 . a ndede n-isiu, Ml. 62c3 . a laithe, 21c3 . a folad, Sg. 3a2 . a rrind, 70b7 . a nnu-iedniss, Wb. 15b2 .

(b) a n-ag, LL 112b31 (Sc.MMD). a n-ude, LU 4866. a llá-sa, 5039 . in laa, 5057 . a llathe, 9743 . a n-ainm, 6182 . in n-écosc, PH 6442. a sessed ngrad, 6246 . (Cf. in t-ochtmad grad, 6251 ). in ainm, 672 . in iach-lind, 381 . in ní, 897 . ind ni, 5251 . an ni, 6194 .


masc. and fem.

(a) frissin popul, Ml. 46b26 . trisin recht, 46c20 . in digail, 40c3 . in soscéle, Wb. 18c10 . frisin n-iarfaigid, Ml. 20c9 . in n-almsin, Wb. 16d7 . tresin n-aimsir, Sg. 188a26 .

(b) fón slóg, LU 4654. lasin n-íngin, 4522 . in domon ndron, 3566 . in mbelra, PH 2619. frisin ṅdeilb, 125 . in anmain, 2068 . romolsadar in t-ardrīg, ZCP v 25 § 10. ro gab naire in t-airdrigh, Stair Erc. 1135. gurab é Dia ... do-rinne an bás, TSh. 1052. an cheist, 2855 .


(a) a mbúaid , Wb. 11a6 . tresa n-acomol, Sg. 32a8 . trissa ndede-se, Ml. 123c5 . cossa laa-sa, Wb. 23a17 .

(b) isa tír, Imr. Brain § 62. a fér, LU 4733. lasa comérge, 4880 . isin n-ármag, 4943 . issa sudiu, 9080 . isi[n] sudi, 9082 . in n-aicned doennai, PH 179. in mboimm, 2373 .


masc. and neut.

(a) in betho, Wb. 1a3 . in cháich, 2b11 . ind lóge, 3c1 . ind rechto, 15a34 . ind fir, 13a12 . ind ḟolaid, Sg. 28b19 . ind apstail, Ml. 26a2 . int soirtha, 46b26 . (cf. ind senduini, Wb. 27b8 . ind ṡrotho, Sg. 35b7 ). int srotho, Ml. 93b11 . in tairmchrutto, Wb. 15b6 .

(b) in muilt, Críth G. 73. in tairb, LU 4610. in chon, 5013 . in pheta eóin, 5289 . ind ríg, 4757 . in rothclessa, 8844 . ind laí, 4858 . in locha, 9098 . ind athig, 4684 . ind fir, 4765 . in tṡeuin, 4508 . ind rig, PH 4365. an fhir, 1177 . in apstail, 1991 . ind ecraibthig, 6062 . ind imdibe, 5652 . in t-sacairt, 2508 . in slaníceda, 5146 . an fhedhma, ML² 20 . ind fhir, TTebe 1544 . and fhir, 2433 . inn eich, 2278 . en foulachtae, CMT² 60 § 133 . an bhrátha, TSh. 1014. an tsein-reachta, 404 .


(a) inna deacte, Wb. 5c16 . inna flaithemnachtae, Sg. 2a1 . inna aidche, Ml. 21c3 . na aimsire, Sg. 188a28 . inna hirise, 209b24 .

(b) na llongsi, IT i 77.3 . na mmucci, LL 112b43 ( ScM. § 8 ). inna conaire, LU 4710. na glassi, 4797 . na haidche, 9058 . ina óidche, PH 1490. na hindsci, 6213 . na colna, TSh. 947. na haithne, 1009 .

Dat. m., f. and n.

(a) isin chétne tuiste, Wb. 1a1 . forsind immarmus, 1d2 . dind fiur, 22c9 . dind failti, Ml. 21c3 . isin anmim, Wb. 9c30 . huant firinni, Ml. 57d8 . isind laithiu, 21c3 . dont lathur, Wb. 5c16 . isint saltair, Ml. 23c19 . isind salm, 50d4 . isin biuth, Wb. 12c16 . dind béstatu, 5c16 . don duini, 4b3 . dond macc, 7c13 .

(b) don chath, LU 4557. isin phupull, 4620 . iarsind frecra, 4772 . don tslúag, 4570 . don ṡlúag, 4748 . dond ríg, BDD² 99. don ríg, 85 . asind aimsir, PH 4928. isin eclais, 3181 . don tsacart, 3140 . assin sinagoig, 110 . asind lucc, 4099 . donn ītadhach, ZCP viii 215 § 75. don fhíréan, TSh. 1146. don pheacthach, 1137 . don tsaidhbhir, 954 . san bhioth, 832 . (cf. san mbioth, 837 . san Sabboit, 4114 ).




(a) in phreceptori, Wb. 5a2 . in chnamai, Ml. 22d7 . in pecthaig, 55d11 . ind rig, 85d10 . ind apstail, 42b7 . ind fir, Wb. 5a5 . ind ḟilid, Sg. 162a3 . int soirthi, Ml. 19b11 . inna leomain, 80a10 . na tri recte, Wb. 29a16 .

(b) na trí maccáin, Fél. Aug. 2. inna druing-sea, Fél. Ep. 285. (All other examples in Fél. follow strict O. Ir. paradigm, Stokes). inda sacairt, Mon. Tall. 134.11 . in doíni, TBFr. 55. na doíni, 306 . in maic, LU 4900. ind eich, 4733 . na heich, 5070 . in tṡlóig, 4609 . inn óicc, BDD² 896. na heóin, 142 . ind eolaig, PH 7313. in augtair, 6944 . na noim, 3649 . na hapstail, 1826 . inda hapstail, 5371 . ind apstail, 6720 . ind ēcis uile, Anecd. iv 93.10 (Corm.). na tri coicait, LL 114a29 ( ScM. § 21b ). na trenmilid, TTebe 4478 . na cinn, TSh. 73. na haidhmillte, 6088 .

fem. and neut.

(a) indá érrend (gl. stigmata), Wb. 20d5 (a prima manu). inna briathra, Ml. 22c5 . inna ancride, 27b15 . inna anmmann, Sg. 28b18 .

(b) na tigi, IT i 74.7 . inna buidne, LU 4685. na bai, 5398 . na cenna, 4806 . na mna, PH 4997. na créachta, TSh. 1013.

Acc. m. f. and n.

(a) inna fíraingliu, Wb. 9c10 . frisna preceptori, 14d37 . lasna fileda, Sg. 63b4 . na rúna, Wb. 12c11 . lasna anmmann, Sg. 51b10 .

(b) na firu, LU 4626. inna heonu, 5159 . inna echraidí, 4712 . na pecdachdu, PH 3619. na briathra, 3660 . na cóic ṡéotu, Críth G. 162. inna .vii. sa, 307 . na teasta, TSh. 6771.

Gen. m. f. and n.

(a) inna ndóine, Wb. 5c16 . inna fer, 7c8 . inna mban, 22c10 . na n-abstal, 18d14 . na sacardd, Sg. 54a11 . na conson, 9a19 . na forcetal, Wb. 16a12 . inna rrath, 15c3 .

(b) ina ndescipul, Hib. Min. 54. inna muccaide, LU 4670. na nGalión, 4648 . na fíren, PH 437. na ḟer (sic leg.), 1017 . na mbeo, 3648 . na n-ilberla, 5484 . airdena ana cóic la ndéc ria mBrath, RC xxviii 310 § 1. inna fer, TTebe 1845 . na n-ánrad, 951 . na bpeacthach, TSh. 991. na sácramainteadh, 1561 .

Dat. m. f. and n.

(a) donaib ballaib, Wb. 7d14 . donaballaib ailib, 12b2 . arnab uilib cumactib, 21a13 . dinaib fochaidib, Ml. 19b11 . isnaib consonaib, Sg. 9a22 . donab huilib doinib, 189b9 . forsna huilib remṡuidigthib, 212a13 . ocnafothaircthib palnacdib, 217a4 . honai gabalaib, Ml. 54b25 . donab nemindithib, Thes. ii 33.28 (Bv.).

(b) oconaibh insibh, AU 851. donaib Galionaib, LU 4659. dinib collaib, 4937 . dona druídib, 5061 . dina lecaib, 5889 (H). forna bochtaib, PH 3603. dona noemaib, 3620 . donaib maithib ┐ dona holcaib, Ériu iii 2.13 . fornaib coic cathrachuib, ii 140.5 . dona hōgaib, ML² 173. dona daoinibh, TSh. 968. arna heasbadhaibh, 973 .


(a) In the O.Ir. glosses, before the dual, the art. always has the form in, -n: Nom. m. in da fersin, Ml. 58a11 . f. in di bai, 2b11 . n. in da n-ainm, 34d6 . Acc. m. in da airdigtha, Sg. 77a8 . f. etir in dí ṡillaib, 59a17 . Gen. m. cechtar in da popul, Ml. 46b30 . n. cechtar in da leithe, Sg. 25b6 . Dat. f. isin dib bliadnib, Thes. ii 30.35 (Bcr.). n. isin dib desmrechtaib-so, Ml. 114b1 . ( ind da la occurs in the Vienna Beda, Thes. ii 33.21 .).

(b) Later the art. preceding the dual is sometimes na, but in remains more common: in dá erred (g.), LU 8057. na dá ech (a.), 8590 . na da ban (g.), 8375 . na dá Maine (n.), BDD² 106. in da gilla chétna (a.), TBC-LL¹ 677. túath in dá Maine (g.), BDD² 210. na da ánrath ┐ na da rind n-agha (n.), TTr.² 583. na dá n-ug n-urchoidech (g.), MR 110.4 . na dá neirrech (g.), Laws iv 336.16 . an dā rīg (na, v.l.) (n.), ML² 776. asna dib berlaib, Lec. 167d31 . don da thóisech, Ériu v 152.126 .

II Article used in formation of adverbs ( GOI § 251.3 and § 379 , § 382 . Zeuss 608 - 9 ).

(a) When nouns of time and manner are used adverbially in the dat. sg., they may be preceded by the article, e.g. in chruth as coir, Wb. 7b1 . in chruth sin, 7d16 . ind echt sa, 3a7 ; but cf. cruth ro pridchissem, 24c17 . inni rombatar riam hí tempul, Ml. 62b2 .

(b) In O. and Mid. Ir. the article (but see alternative explanation, GOI § 379 ) was used with an adj. in the dat. sing. neut. and with some participles in -de to form an adverb. The follg. list is illustrative only: in biucc gl. paulatim, Sg. 12b1 . in mór, Wb. 14b21 . in már gl. adeo, Sg. 8a2 . in deurb ` certainly ,' Ml. 70b2 . ind fír ` truly ,' Wb. 14c32 . ind ḟír, Sg. 106a5 . in demin gl. quidem, Ml. 37a13 . int soer gl. libere, 31b18 . int sainriud, 54a22 . in chomocus ` nearby ,' Sg. 188a19 . ind imdu gl. passim, Ml. 35b5 . in fortgidiu ` covertly ,' 30a3 . in chlidiu, 50c13 . in chotarsnu gl. e contrario, Sg. 17b9 . ind ulcc male, Hib. Min. 432. ind infholach secretly , PH 6085. in infholuch, 7998 . In a few exx. the form of the adj. is that of the nom.: ind utmall, Wb. 26b10 (but this form may also have been used for dat.). in madae, 19d16 . ind immdae, Sg. 26a5 . Pedersen Vgl. Gr. ii § 419 explains this as being due to the similarity of nom. and dat. masc. and neut. forms in some adjj. Cf. also: in tsainrethaig, LU 5514.

With compar. and superl. of adjj. to form comparative advv.: ind ichtarchu gl. inferius, Ml. 24d30 . int serbu gl. amarius, 24c10 . in máam gl. primum, Wb. 1c20 . ind luindiu gl. commotius, Ml. 32d1 . ind feliu gl. uericondius, 58b1 . ind lugu gl. minus, 123c12 . in mó ┐ in mó, Trip.² 2108 , 2628 . in mor-mo, PH 3369 , 3605 . See GOI § 382.

(c) In the case of adjj. in -d(a)e (except imdae) and participles in -th(a)e (but see in fortgidiu, in chlidiu, above), instead of the dative a form in -id, -ith combines with the art. to form the adv. A few instances also occur of advv. formed in this way from substantives. From adjj.: in doracdid `in the Doric fashion,' Sg. 204b9 . in chorpdid gl. corporaliter, Wb. 27a12 . ind óindid once , Ml. 29a3 . int slanidid ` salutarily ,' 71a1 . in tuailngigthid ` deigningly ,' 78c1 . ind inchlidid gl. latenter, 100c7 . in tuasailcthid ` absolutely ,' 32d5 . From substt.: in mesid (<mess) gl. iudicialiter, Ml. 51c21 . ind frithoircnid (<frithorcun) ` offensively ,' 127c23 . in diglaid (<dígal) gl. ulciscenter, 62d3 . ind áirmith (<árim) ` numerically ,' Sg. 27a17 .

III Usage.

The article is always proclitic and is used before a substantive to express the definite character of that substantive unless this is already apparent either from the nature of the substantive itself, as in the case of proper names, or from some accompanying defining word or phrase, e.g. when the substantive is followed by a definite genitive, or preceded by a possessive adjective.

A Exx. of the ordinary use of def. art.: accaldam auctor ind recto `an address to the teachers of the Law,' Wb. 3c4 . risiu rocloammar in fogur `before we hear the sound,' Ml. 112b12 . intan labratar ind ḟilid `when the poets speak,' Sg. 162a3 . oc déscin na macraide, LU 4859. in trénfir ┐ ind láith gaile, 8104 . an cúigeadh cinéal, na mairtírigh, TSh. 4842. In: amal in scrissid .i. amal in n-altain n-áith `as a scraper i.e., as a sharp razor,' Ml. 72b8 , translate: as the scraper etc., regarding it as a type of instrument rather than a single instrument of its kind?

The article is used

(a) in the sense of each, every, also a single in such phrases as: ced fan fer, Stair Erc. 1471. 1532 . berad-sa anam a flaithess duit a n-agaidh an ruainde da fuil ad brat `for every thread in thy cloak,' BCC 358.14 . is assu duinni in fer cech laí andás a cét cach n-aidchi one man every day, LU 5622.

(b) sometimes with cách, when this is followed by a relative clause: ní lat in cách forsa mmitter `not thine is everyone on whom thou passest judgment,' Wb. 6b22 . úar in cách dodechaid úad, Trip.² 1198. congnamh lásan ccách nó chathaighfeadh dar cenn an chreidimh, AFM vi 2290.22 .

(c) with oen-, intensifying the idea of singleness: nabīd D. fut ind ṡamlāi oc breith na hēnbrethi `giving a single judgment,' ZCP xiii 179.1 . con-accai ni ... .i. in n-aenmnái for fertais in charpait, TBC-LL¹ 202. hespach do neoch a thríall acht dond oen ḟialluch, 415 .

(d) in speaking of two things (cf. Fr. l'un, Germ. der eine): focherded a líathróit ┐ focherded a loirg ... Níbo moo in band oldas a chéle one stroke was not greater than the other, LU 5006. timchillid a teach ón dorus colaile, RC xxiv 145.14 . dā ṡenrand ... dun rand díb ... don rund aile, Fianaig. 48 § 14 , § 15 .

(e) frequently, and particularly after verbs of seeing, before a noun which is logically indefinite to draw attention to it and to render the narrative more vivid (for an alternative explanation see GOI § 470 ): co facatar in tsentuinne they saw an old woman, Corm. Y 1059.43 . co n-acca ara chind in fer ┐ leth a chind fair, LU 4933. co n-aca Cú in n-ócben cuchi, 6082 . co n-acca in tech find, MacCongl. 67.12 . co n-accas na trí coícait ban co n-inaraib corcraib, TBFr. 258. rataiges in triar marcach dochom in tige, LU 6779. is and dosnarraid in fer máeldub, 6820 . doringni in mac bec in tres gním `eine dritte That,' TBC-LL¹ 1068. duscōtar īarum condusrulai isin mag n-ālaind co n-acatar an rīghrāith isin [maig], ZCP iii 459.18 . is iarum bert in Liath Macha na tri dergruathra, RC iii 181.36 .

(f) before nouns followed by the demonstratives so, sin, tall, ucut: in chrud sin, Wb. 13a6 . tarsin corp sin 15c16 . in teintide tall, ZCP v 25 § 7. isin tsalm tall, Ml. 58a11 . don mac so, BDD² 107. in tan sin, 130 . in triar ucut, 295 .

B The article is not usually used before

(a) personal names. In O. Ir. names of individuals take the article only when they are qualified by an adj. or a demonstrative, or when used as common nouns (e.g. á ṅIacob the name Jacob, Ml. 34d6 ): ol Duaid, Ml. 95d7 . mad la Cirine `according to Jerome,' 74d13 . ho Isaác, Wb. 4c7 . for érlam Patraic, Thes. ii 305.5 ; but: in Scip Emelendae gl. Emilianus Scipio Sg. 31a2 . in Caesar Octauienda gl. Octauianus Caesar, 31a3 . in Fiac sin, Thes. ii 307.3 . co tech in Dubthaig sin, ib. 9 . Exceptionally: Nabál sin slebi Carmil, SR 6307. In Mid. Ir. it is somet. used with anaphoric force: a n-Inis meic Uchen robai in Gartnan, Anecd. i 1.3 . in Cathal, MacCongl. 41.28 . iman Mormael, Ériu xii 190 § 23. do marbsad in tEochaid andsin, ZCP viii 274.13 . ba rí hi Temair in Fīachu Sraptine amal adrubrumar, 317.16 .

(b) place-names: i Corint, Wb. 14b5 . i nEgipt, Ml. 88a12 . téicht do Róim, Thes. ii 296.3 . co nōgaib Hérenn, 306.1 ; but: ind Róm fil hí Constantinopoil ... inna Rómae, Sg. 174a1 . In Mid. Ir. the article became more common particularly before a noun in the genitive, but the omission of the article was still much more frequent than its use: ind Eriu, LU 4042. íar sligi na Temrach, BDD² 131. do Themraig, 149 . fonaidm ṅgíall Temrach, 164 . sethnu na Hérind, 608 . i tír Hérend, 690 . i nOenuch na Crúachna, LU 2888. hi cathair Cruachna, 2886 . isin Taltin, 2894 . hi Taltin, 2896 . In Mod. Ir. some geographical names regularly take the article, e.g. an Fhrainnc, an Spáinn. Others sometimes take the article, but in the gen. only: Éire, i nÉirinn, tír na hÉireann. Alba, muinntear na hAlban; but cf. lucht cuarta Éireann, Dáil Éireann (Dinneen, s.v. Éire).

(c) names of peoples and patronymics: arindí atrebat Romáin and, Sg. 33a11 . atrebat Laitnóri and, 14 . di Romanaib, 33a10 . Romoldai, 31b4 . la Ebreu, Ml. 26c1 . di Iudéib, Wb. 27d4 . fri Saxanu, Críth G. 523. la hUltu, BDD² 977. do ríg Rómán, LU 6389 ; but: ind Romain, Sg. 31b5 . int Ṡabindai, 28a10 . forsna Egiptacdu, Ml. 96c11 . do choscc inna nIsrahélde, Wb. 5a16 . na nDéisi, Thes. ii 297.5 . in Galióin, LU 4656. co tríchait chét na nGalión, 4648 . The absence of the article would seem to be the earlier usage, cf. la Féniu (a phrase common throughout the law-tracts), Críth G. 125. chórus Féne, 588 .

(d) nouns that refer to things of which there is one only, or one outstanding example (these nouns approach in meaning to proper names): is samlid dano gniith demun, Wb. 21b2 . amal indocbáil dáe, 21a10 . as tualang deacht todiusgud Crist `the Godhead,' 13c15 . i tempul, 26a8 . hi fudumnaib talman, Ml. 40d16 . di chosecrad tabernacuil, 48b11 . gein maicc hua athair `the birth of the Son from the Father,' 85b11 . conapad firdía mac `that the Son should not be true God,' 21c12 . amal as toisegiu grián indáas laithe, 85b11 . o hescgu co grein, SR 113. o thosuch domuin, 517 . dochuaid diliu don domon, 2592 . co lluid trít co talmain, LU 5767. do diabul, PH 4889. nī dlig sāire ... i tūaith nā i n-eclais amongst the laity or in the church, Ériu i 218 § 2. roaithbeōaig Cairbri ō marbaib from the dead, ACL iii 225.v . Siuir agus Máigh ag gréin dá ngeimhliughadh, DDána 109 § 11. for fairgi, Corm. Y 1059.14 . fri tīr, ib. 15 . slánaigh le hóigh t'oileamhain `make good to the Virgin her nursing of Thee,' Aithd. D. 67 § 26.

Here belong the names of parts of the body: ho giun et ... hi cridiu, Wb. 5d14 . ind foisitiu i ngiun `the confession in the mouth,' 4d33 . a n-asberid hó bélib, 7d10 . a lleth o laim deiss `the half from the right hand,' Sg. 17b2 . risiu rocloammar in fogur hua chluasaib with the ears, Ml. 112b12 . anuas co imlind, LU 5780 ; but cf. intan citambí ind lám in terochraic, Ml. 36b1 . in geno gl. oris, 82c5 .

(e) a noun occurring in apposition to a proper name as a sobriquet: for Lomnae Drúth, BDD² 705. Suibne Geilt, Thes. ii 294.10 . for Tamun drúth, LU 6670. Cauland cerdd, 4975 . aided Redg cáinte, 5803 .

(f) the names of abstract ideas, virtues, vices, etc.; nachin rogba úall `that pride may not seize us,' Wb. 15d40 . is asse dúib maid do denum, 4a4 . inne maith ł uilcc, Sg. 39a32 . nephdenum neich di ulc fri nech dogní olc frit, Ml. 23c20 . dechair eter olcc is maith, SR 1255. erig, ... córu achāch duit mormenma, TBC-LL¹ 3978. ni rabi a samail ... ar maisse ┐ míne ┐ mórdacht, TTr. 621. ní fhuil nert agud gun techt lium, ZCP vi 48.12 . na ndenad (leg. denad) uaill na diumus, PH 4255. Exx. with the article are: ind huall gl. arrogantia, Ml. 51a11 . gl. elatio, 28a1 . frisin noibi ┐ in glaini, 98d2 . ised a nnert foirbthe imgabail cech huilc this is perfect virtue, 35d14 . immeradi a n-olc, 33d2 . a mundit[i]a .i. ōn gloine, Corm. Y 900. attach inísel ... tairnid in díumus `superbiam excludit,' PH 8035. sanntaiged in rig ... in fírinde, 4254 . ro coimnertaigiss an coir `thou hast strengthened justice,' Stair Erc. 429.

(g) a subst. followed by a definite genitive. (The article is used when the gen. is attributive rather than defining, e.g. á cenele ndoine, Wb. 5c16 . a llaa mbrithemnacte sin, 6b26 . forsa cenélae metir sin, Sg. 8a13 . in Briccriu Conaill Chernaig (name of a shield), BDD² 977. in Brug mna Elcmair, Ériu viii 175.9 . an Iodh Morainn, Keat. ii 3659. as an gCraoibh Dheirg Chonchubhair, ib. 3086 ).

The gen. is a proper name: ar iriss Crist, Wb. 25a10 . di doiri Babelon, Ml. 46b26 . ó Thuind Clidnai, BDD² 1087. la firu Hérenn, 123 ; or approaches in meaning to a proper name: precept soscéli, Wb. 1b10 . Exceptions are rare: in tṡlóig Herend, LU 4609. gol mo matharsa so ┐ na mban mBoine, TBFr. App. § 20 (= ... ┐ bantrochta Boínni, text).

The gen. is preceded by the def. art.: ar meinci inna indithme, Ml. 85d1 . ardlathi in betho, Wb. 1a3 . dar cenn ind Iudidi, 2a4 . tri hiris in cháich, 2b11 . fri bás inna clóen, Thes. ii 320.1 . for lorg in tslóig, LU 4782. lucht in baile, PH 49. In O. Ir. there are a great many exceptions to this rule but in Mid. Ir., comparatively few, and fewer still in Early Mod. Ir.: inna ndánae in spirito, Wb. 21c2 . in pian inna diglae, Ml. 28c19 . din chamull in diumsa, Tur. 60. in dluthe ind flechuid, Ml. 81c8 . in dán inna litredachte, Sg. 33a28 . an fír-thsochraidecht an bethadh suthain, Ir. Lit. 26.18 . leth in orba in athar, Laws iv 46.24 Comm. in prīm-cathraig mōrglain ... in dúnaid, MacCongl. 87.27 . an dara cuing an catha, Irish Texts ii 9 § 24. issind aurlaind in dúine, TBFr. 60. isin sinagoig moir na nEbraide, PH 48. na cuic cuicidh na hEirenn, ZCP xi 43 § 31. oc saigid na cána in domnaig, Ériu ii 208.15 . in mér medhon na láime clí, O'Gr. Cat. 270.29. in fer na tocla, TTebe 1601 . ingen in rig na nEberda, 4645 . In PH there are two cases where this rule does not apply (a) when the governing noun has a demonstrative suffix ¤sa or ¤sin, (b) when it is defined by an ordinal. Exx. (a) na scéla-sin in aingil, PH 2975. in rath-sa na n-ilberla, 5484 . cf. O. Ir.: don dlúim máir sin inna pecthach, Wb. 9d5 . in gnim sin in tengad, Ml. 31b24 . (b) in cetna mís na bliadna, PH 3516. isin tress uair ina óidche, 1490 . In TTebe, s.v. in , Calder notes that while a few instances of the double use of the article occur this is especially the case when the governed noun is followed by sin. The use of the double article when the governing noun is defined by an ordinal though very common is not invariable: cosin tres mac imlesan na hoensúla, BDD² 641. in treas rann sesgat ind uile, Laws ii 370.21 - 22 Comm. an tres gaisgedach na Tiabanda, TTebe 4879 ; but cf.: dorumalt Moisi ... | ann tresraind a aimsire, SR 3784. tres ṅdírime na tána, TBC-LL¹ 2656. i tres boin in brugad, Laws v 402.7 Comm.

The gen. is preceded by a possessive adj.: di foirbthetu for nirisse, Wb. 1a9 . lóg a pecthe, 1c3 . do thudidin do menman, 1c15 . do ind a oenláime, TBC-LL¹ 676. lín a teglaich, TBFr. 8. Exception: lasin flaith far mbretha ifos, SR 1215.

The gen. is defined by cech (Mid. Ir. cach), nach: du thuistin cech dulo, Ml. 85b16 . imfolang nach gnima, 80d2 . tri thesbaid naich baill, Sg. 5a5 . fo cosmailis nacha cat[h]rach, Hib. Min. 219. céol cach ḟir, LL 207a18 . cend cech ḟir díb, TBC-LL¹ 682. i tossuch cach dúnaid, 571 .

The gen. is defined by a further definite genitive: ó soilsi deachte Crist, Wb. 26a17 . irchre fla[tho] Román, 26a5 . co maithib fer nÉrenn, BDD² 1441. An exception is: dar fíartharsna in dunaid fer nÉrend, LU 6291.

C The article is optional before an ordinal adjective: isin chétne tuiste, Wb. 1a1 . cetnae accuis inso `this is the first cause,' Ml. 118d12 . co nómád n-aó `to the ninth generation,' Críth G. 327. cetna gnim gnisset, SR 4197. cethramad gnim, 4209 . (The omissions in SR are necessitated by the metre). Cf. in chethramad accuis, Ml. 118d18 . ón chétna duini, SR 7889. in tres gnim, 4205 . Cf. ll. 83 ff. col. 183 above.

D As a rule substantives defined by a relative sentence take the art. unless they are preceded by is é, conid é, is inunn, etc. (However, before words like airm, baile used adverbially the article is omitted: ría ríg Hérenn airm hi foí, BDD² 488. co ránic na díberga baili i rabatar, 647 . tancattar na hingena airm a mbói Hiruath, PH 905. bail hita a athair, 1380 ): dund óis nad chaithi cach tuari, Wb. 6c11 . a forcell doberam, 25d21 . isind huiliu labramar-ni, Ml. 31b23 (exceptionally: ra mbía ... carpat bas dech bess i n-Aii, LU 5587 ); but: is hé cruth inso áem no-s-messammar, Wb. 9c10 . is inunn chiall isindi as scit ┐ as nōuit , Ml. 114b1 . issí inne fil hi cechtar de, 114b1 . is he titul fil i ndreich ..., Hib. Min. 1. is é óencharpat insin nad foglentais dirmand na hecrada, LU 10177 - 8 . is tú láech as dech fil i nHerind, 5768 . is ed gen n-imarbága fil la firu Hérind, BDD² 1135. is é céadchrann tarla dhó, soileach, Keat. ii 2687. is é áit ar ghabhadar tír, i gCúan an Bhainbh, iii 5055 . is e recht ro buí isin Libia in n-inbuidh sin, Stair Erc. 1101. When the antecedent of the relative sentence is qualified by an ordinal the article sometimes occurs: fá hé Colum ... an céadduine do thógaibh mainistear i n-oiléan Í, Keat. iii 1344. ionnus gurab é an treas fear do chreid ..., ii 5372 . conidh e sin an cedcath do cuir Ercuil, Stair Erc. 966 ; but: gurab é C.C. céaddoctúir do chuaidh, Keat. iii 1347. is si sin cedmainistir caillech ndub ro buí isin Teib, Stair Erc. 890.

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Forms: nech, nacha, naich, na, nach, nacha, nacha, nach, nach mór

indef. pron. adj., really a proclitic form of nech used before a noun (or adj. used substantivally) and before 3 s. and pl. gen. pron. 1 aí, 4 áe. In sing. uninflected, except in g s f. nacha (g s m. naich occurs once in Glosses: naich baill, Sg. 5a5 ; cf. Fél. Prol. 136 ), inflexion in other cases being indicated by its effect on a follg. vowel.

In nom. and acc. sing. neut. O.Ir. uses the form na, geminating a follg. consonant ( nach gl. quod, Ml. 101a5 , the neut. being here a Latin word, is an emended reading); early in Mid.Ir. na gives way to nach.

Any, whatever, some . . . or other (corresponding to Lat. quilibet, quivis, quispiam), occas. verging on the sense every ; freq. used after a negative (= Lat. ullus), in Mid.Ir. generally so.

In affirm. sent.: nach aile, gl. alius quispiam, Ml. 78b17 . bit [leg. bid] failid nach oín adidtrefea whoever shall so dwell, 107a15 . nach gním dungenam-ni (gl. omnia studia nostra), 111d3 . huan duni fesin no hua nach ailiu, 49b8 . ho pecthib nach aili, gl. alienis maculis, 15b10 . imfolang nach gnima, 80d2 . tre thesbaid nach baill dind deilb, Sg. 5a5 . dochum nacha rainne aile to some other part, 188a12 . nach itge no guidiu any prayer that I pray, Fél. Ep. 337. nach mil conbeir deiche any animal that bears twins, Laws i 144.23 . tasfenad . . . nach rechta ro falnasat, 16.1 . oc deimnigud nach dligid confirming some law, Hib. Min. 4.129 . fo cosmailis nacha cat[h]rach, 7.219 . In more definite sense ( = Lat. aliquis) : is ar nach n-indocbáil móir fodaimim-se inso for some great glory I endure this, Wb. 23b12 . itá nách cumachta fora cul na n-én-sa there is some power behind these birds, SCC 7. anfimni ... nach sechtmain we shall stay ... about a week, TBFr. 152 (cf. Études Celt. ii 5 § 12 and n. 32 ).

After neg. : ní confil nach n-aile dumdísed-sa there is no other that could lead me, Ml. 78a18 . ní tabarthi dímess for nach n-énirt any feeble person, Wb. 6c19 . amal ni bad hua nach comthumus, gl. nulla compensatione, Ml. 63d2 . cen nach ṅdeligud without any discrimination, 69a23 . cen chaile nach datho without a spot of any colour, Wb. 5c19 . cen esbaid nácha mathiusa, FA 12 = nach LB. oengeal uile cen nach locht, RC xlvi 246.17 .

Folld. by gen. ái : ni nach ae it is none of them (answer to a question), Hib. Min. 6.198 . ní assu nach ai araili dib none of them is easier than another, FA 15. nicon ḟess . . . ainm naich hé for talam the name of any of them, Fél. Prol. 136.

neut. imned dom na lled dochood whatever direction I went, Wb. 17d7 . cen na forcenn without any end, 28a17 . na neurt derone duine di sunt any of these virtues which a man has fulfilled, ZCP iii 451.22 . Freq. folld. by adj. : na mmaith pridchas whatever good he preaches, Wb. 25c24 , cf. ná maith robé whatever good there is, 5d30 . na glan, gl. nihil mundum, 31b28 . ní tardad na mmór nothing great was given, Ml. 63d5 . cen na bec ndo síd without a little of peace, 51a5 . ní gabsat na mmár isin tig they did not take up much (space) in the house (?), IT i 137.12 ( LU 10583 ) = ni gabsat na mmor don tig, Eg. Cf. nicon ḟess na romar | ainm . . ., Fél. Prol. 135 (nach v.l.) ; `neither known nor very great is the name', Stokes; not known to any very great extent (advl. acc.) ? Folld. by gen. pron. : tairchella . . . huili dánu in spirto et ni torban na áe, Wb. 12b33 (`none of them profiteth', Thes. ; Pedersen Vgl. Gr. ii 212 , takes áe as g s n. = aught thereof, dán being masc.).

Esp. na nní anything, whatever (oft. folld. by partitive DE) : na nní bes chossecarthae whatever is consecrated, Ml. 63a6 . na nní robu accubur leu, 54a9 . comallait na nní forcongair Dia doib, 146a1 . na nní du fochaidib inotgam whatever tribulations we enter on, 96b5 . slogait na nní do uisciu doda-ic whatever water comes to them, 123d3 . condom-roib . . . na ní ara ṁbáigiu everything I contend for, Fél. Ep. 360 (nach ní v.l.).

In later Mid.Ir. na is replaced by nach : ni ros-corb nách n-anmanda no animal polluted him, PH 1512. ina ndrochfhéichem nach logait nach ni dia fiachaib, 4333 . tabair dom nach mbec do bíud a little food, 1309 . ní dernai nach n-olc, 2889 .

pl. ná bat nacha arm aili let it not be any other arms, Wb. 22d14 (n p n.). nacha sloglussu .i. nacha side són (gl. nullas indutias), Ml. 111b19 (a p m.). ho nach mindaib (gl. nullis insignibus), 35d16 (leg. nacha?). a mhiadamla . . . nad bai in nacha reduibh ailib in any other things, Ériu ii 106.9 (T. Bithn.). bail na fil aittreb nach n-anmand, PH 2082.

Often used in adverbial expressions such as nach airm (dú, maigen) wherever ; nach mod howsoever ; nach thain whenever, at any time, and the like : nach airm ata `homo' isin scriptuir, Hib. Min. 13.454 . nach mod formberat, Ml. 71c1 . nach thain (gl. si quando), Ml. 32b7 ; (gl. ne quando), 39a23 , 47c9 , 122b3 . nach tan dofurgaib int augtur brethir, Hib. Min. 12.410 . rosesium nach tan cusin fhailte fhorordai some time, PH 8071. ní imirchói nach géin for any long time, Wb. 7a11 (< cian), cf. 24d11 (but : noco bia na cein . . . sunn i pein, SR 2043 ). nach mór (dat.) to any great extent : ní tárbas a chumachtae hisuidiu nach mór, Ml. 65d16 , cf. 64d13 , Wb. 11d5 and Fél. Prol. 135 cited above.

Used alone as pron. before a rel. clause : nach adchi gataid a lám whatever she sees, Irish Texts i 5.15 ( = O.Ir. na nní) : perh. a mistake.


Cite this: eDIL s.v. oíb or


Forms: oíph, oíb, aíb, oeb, aeb, lan-aeba, aóbh, aoibh, aobha, aebh, aeibhe, áobh, aeib, aoibh, aebglan, oebnār

n f. and m. O.Ir. oíph, Wb. 7c1 . Mid.Ir. oíb, aíb, oeb, aeb. g s. (? a p.) lan-aeba, SR 46. aóbh (on dath) m., g s. aoibh, aobha, IGT Dec. § 38.3 . aebh f., g s. aeibhe, § 39.3 . áobh, ib. 9 . ? aeib f., § 14.11 .

(a) the orig. sense seems semblance, appearance, aspect, nature or condition (of things or abstracts). alind á oíph in forcitil nemnech immurgu a inne the form (manner) of the teaching is attractive, but its substance is poisonous, Wb. 7c1 . lestar lán, cen áeb n-engaig, | in Spírta saér, SR 7111 (= leg. aíb . . . saír). én uais co n-aib ḟorórda, 4280 . on berla Ebraide namá ro labairset . . . do-thaitne aeb a mberla dílis do chach (i.e. to each the language spoken appeared to be his own), PH 5487 . dorala saine aibe for erlabra lochta na Galilee fri haitrebtachaib Ierusalem (i.e. the Galileans had a different way of speaking from the inhabitants of Jerusalem), 3191 . ro ḟigius . . . craeb choibniusa . . . cen aíb ndoilgiusa, LL 143a 36 . Aengus cen oib n-indligid `semblance of illegality', Fél. p. xxv 9 ( LB 106b46 ). Cf. aib .i. cosmailis , Lec. Gl. 420. aibh no aoibh .i. cosmhaileas, O'Cl. áobh (innad [inand v.l.]), IGT Dec. § 39.9 .

(b) beauty or attractiveness (of appearance, nature or dis- position) ; cf. áobh (ōn dath), IGT § 38.3 . aéb na gréni a gel- lám, LL 140a11 . aéb chuirp don ḟīrgil, ib. 40 . co rus-carsat inghina righ . . . ar a oirscelaibh oeibhe ┐ engnúmha, ZCP xiii 166.6 . in ben co n-aíb rathmair ríg `the king's wife gracious and lovely', Metr. Dinds. i 8.26 . ingen briugad . . . co ndeilb luchar co lán-aíb, iii 174.102 . ro bo geis don rígh go n-aeibh `the beautiful King', Ériu iv 176.8 . aiged in airdrig . . . cona haíb ┐ cona háilli, MR 114.18 . pl. taithnid aoba for a dre[i]ch beauties, charms (of the isle of Rachru), ZCP x 53.25 (perh. an abstr., cf. oíbe).

In Mart. Gorm. freq. used in speaking of saints, perhaps in moral sense of grace : Colman co n-aib ḟīr-ōig, Gorm. Dec. 15. Gun- denes co ndegh-aeib, July 18 . Anmere na hóeibi, Nov. 2. Cf. a Iosu . . . tindlaicc damh aeib is eolus, BB 399a31 .

The expression: co n-oíb is freq. in poetry, used adverbially or as cheville: finnaid, a druide, co n-áeb, TBC-LL¹ 728 = aoib, St. dorochair Ellim co n-aíb, LL 128a21 . docer la Eochaid co n-aíb, 128b51 ( MacCarthy 170 § 2 , 188 § 6 ).

Folld. by gen.: meicc Eladan aeb idna, ZCP xiv 175.3 = aob iodhna `beauty of weapons', Leb. Gab.(i) i 158. cath F. for laechraid Laigen . . . áeb na Herenn `delight of Ireland', Arch. Hib. ii 60 § 26 ( LL 183a2 ). aoibh eoil ar ghréin 's ar ghealaigh (of a cleric and scholar), Arch. Hib. i 93.3 .

Of condition, vigour; prosperity, felicity, affluence : fa mór m'allud ocus m'aéib, Anecd. i 36.5 (of the Hawk of Achill). nír dúr a allud 's a aeb, LL 33a36 . don druing fa mór aoibh is á[i]gh, Ériu i 100.14 . Gúaire na háebe, LL 297b29 . fer d'a tuc Dia aibh ┐ grasa co mór `felicity', AU iii 148.12 . cenn aibhe ┐ aitis fear nEreann `cheerfulness', AFM iv 1146.17 . níor shiubhail iath . . . nach bíodh fa lán aoibhe an ḟir (i.e. every land he travelled in tasted of his affability), Arch. Hib. i 91 § 13 . an tí dobheir 's dogheibh grádh | do fhan sé go bráth fá aoibh is always in bliss, Dánta Gr. xi 12 . da mbeith ar an ealadhuin aoibh nō onoir ag Gaoidhealuibh if learning were held in favour or honour by Gaels, YBL 170a45 (scribe's colophon).

(c) in Mart. Gorm. freq. used as an adj. in composition with another preceding adj. Failbe finn-óeb (.i. aebh alainn), Gorm. Apr. 29 . pápa Félic fír-áeb, July 29 . Euseb oll-oeb, Aug. 25. Beatrix og ol[l]-aib, July 29 . Cf. fri sratha slan-aeb, SR 54 (= g p.?). In mod. lang. aoibh is used as an adj.: múscail méinn aontadhach aoibh `a kindly spirit of unity', Ó Bruad. ii 10.13 . aoibh `pleasant, civil, courteous', O'R.


(a) with follg. adj.: Fergus oeb-ghel, Gorm. May 29 . an taobh aoibhgheal mar uan tonn, A. Ó Dálaigh xxiv 6. aebglan, Gorm. Apr. 8. oebnār, ib. Sep. 20. sluadh nime naomaingligh aob aiblidh (= oíb-oíbligh), ZCP viii 211.16 .

(b) with noun: Agapitus aebdrech of gracious countenance, Gorm. Aug. 6. ra ḟacsin a áebdreche, RC xxix 211 § 1. hi niurt athar ┐ aobmaic ┐ aobspirda, ZCP vi 258.14 . for oebnemh, Gorm. Sep. 23.

1 reng

Cite this: eDIL s.v. 1 reng or


n [ā, f.] a loin : reng thiug, MacCongl. 127.28 . urchur arad trí reiṅg ríg, TFerbe 102 . pl. a bith ro óc, ar níro ásatar a renga rodaim, LU 10157 (Toch. Em.) = a rengai, ZCP iii 230 § 6 (expld. by Henderson ITS ii 165 as testicles ). níor ḟasadar . . . do reanga droma fós, CF 251 Eg. a n-aghaidh bruite na reang droma, 23 K 42, 392.8 . ? sgingidh gáeth úar mam' reandaibh `around my loins', BS 88.7 (: bendaibh). O'Dav. 1392 : reng .i. coel, ut est cosmailis crotha no datha no retha no renga .i. do choíle nó do reime, may poss. represent this word, cf. use of `coíl' for `waist' (small of back).